To build an eco bathroom in Spain

This is an eco bath with sun heated water in two outdoor showers.
This is an eco bath with sun heated water in two outdoor showers. Nils and Vivi build the inner wall and the stone wall.

Photos of how the eco bathroom took shape. Step by step.

This is how the space looked before. An empty space next to the garage. A suitable spot, since it was flat, already had two walls, and there was a water tap with cold water nearby.

This is the plan we made for the eco showers. Foto: Maria Santolaria
This is the plan we made for the eco showers. Foto: Maria Santolaria

It was a challenge to build something since we did not have a car. Fortunately a woman from the village could provide us with contacts to get the building materials To see all photos:

Delivery of bricks, cemento cola, regular cement and flat tiles for the mosaique. The tiles were leftovers from the building store.
Delivery of bricks, cemento cola, regular cement and flat tiles for the mosaique. The tiles were leftovers from the building store.

The Alcublas building store had leftover tiles they gave us for free. We also looked for tiles in the nature, since Spaniards like to use their outback as a dumpsite. Read blogpost about “gifts from nature” here.

The walls taking shape.
The walls taking shape.

We started with an Indian elephant. Then added an African giraffe. By the wall we made a bench/shelf.

Most of the shapes Vivi made from heart, just trying out different colour settings.
Most of the shapes Vivi made from heart, just trying out different colour settings.

The cement was mixed with sand and water.

We probably used more than 100 kilos of cement.
We probably used more than 100 kilos of cement.

By mixing thin and fat tiles you can get nice 3D effects. But this also makes the surface less smooth because of the sharp edges.

The tears of the giraffe.
The tears of the giraffe are said to bring luck.

We found use for broken coffee cups on the monkey wall.

Monkeys playing with water.
Monkeys playing with water.

This is going to be the background. Since we mostly had light brown colours, we needed to plan how to arrange them in order to make the blue sky look blue.

This is up-cycling as it's best. Waste material that can be nicely arranged and create mosaique.
This is up-cycling as it’s best. Waste material that can be nicely arranged and create mosaique.

The sky is a mixture of blue, white and light brown tiles. The joints are filled with cement.

The joints were filled with cemento cola.
The joints were filled with cemento cola.

Washing off the cement from the tiles took long time.

Very very long long time was used washing the walls. They still need to be washed even more.
Very very long long time was used washing the walls.

We put a cane mat on the wall next to the neighbour. The water tube was “hidden” on top of the back wall inside a grey piece of old gutter.

Picnic in the sunny eco bath
Picnic in the sunny eco bath

When the mosaique walls were done we had a rest. The last wall made from stones was made two weeks later when we were helped by other workawayers to carry stones. Read more blogposts about workaway here.

The solar heating system is built on top of the garage roof.
The solar heating system is built on top of the garage roof.

The heating system is made from black tube stored inside an old palet construction. It was then covered with plastic glass board to keep it warm (the greenhouse effect).

The heating system is wery simple but works well in a sunny climate. A plexi glass was put on top, and an insultaion was put underneath (left-over styrofoam)
The heating system is wery simple but works well in a sunny climate. A plexi glass was put on top, and an insultaion was put underneath (left-over styrofoam)

The walls are filled with animals.

The birds nest is also a schampoo bottle holder.
The birds nest is also a schampoo bottle holder.

The floor is made from stones found in the nature. The gaps are filled with cement.

We had to use the colours of the tiles wisely. The water under the big bird was continued with white.
We had to use the colours of the tiles wisely. The water under the big bird was continued with white.

The drainage is a little ditch, watering plants outside the shower. This is why you cannot use strong chemicals in the shower. Good for your skin and good for the environment.

The mirrors are made from broken pieces found in a garbage pile.
The mirrors are made from broken pieces found in a garbage pile.

All stones are a bit different size.

The floor in the showers is leveled so that it runs off.
The floor in the showers is leveled so that the water runs off.

Some plants were put ouside the bath.

Some plants were put in the end of the water ditch.
Some plants were put in the end of the water ditch.

If you want to visit the shower, pleace check out the Rayo del Sol yoga retreat outside Valencia in Spain.

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Jag vill sprida kunskap och väcka tankar och engagemang i miljöfrågor. Därför driver jag företaget Viveco och arbetar som miljöutbildare och miljökonsult. Kontoret har jag i Norberg men jag är verksam över hela länet och landet.

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